Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Month: February, 2013

Sanctuary

Who have you made me to be
I have made you to be
Who have you made me to be
I have made you to be
A sanctuary

Life is a mystery
How can I ever be
Life is a mystery
How can I ever be
A sanctuary

I in you and you in me
This is my soul’s epiphany
I in you in me
My soul’s epiphany
A sanctuary

Come and find rest for your soul
My love will heal and make whole
And I will be here if you must go

You are a part of me
Our love will always be
You are a part of me
Our love will always be
A sanctuary

My life is full and free
Your love is pure and holy
My life is full and free
Your love is holy
A sanctuary

Don’t be afraid anymore
My heart’s an open door
And I will be true to my word

Love is my destiny
My life will always be
Love is my destiny
My life will always be
A sanctuary

I have loved you with an everlasting love
I have loved you with an everlasting love
I have loved you with an everlasting love
I have loved you with an everlasting love

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© New Year’s Eve, 1999
Fleming Cabin
Arkansas

The Work of Faith

Groping for love in a darkened place
My soul has been searching for the light of his face
Grace that was shrouded by the stain of my sin
Now embraced by my faith to let his love in

Knowing this forgiveness, knowing this love
Freedom is surely a gift from above
And none would be able, all would be lost
If not for the gift of blood shed on the cross

How hard to believe that only faith brings this gift
Not one of my works could my soul lift
Out of the pit, out of hell here on earth
What glory to taste of the blessed new birth

The law of my life will be love evermore
Purchasing treasures in heaven’s store
What goodness and mercy shall surely follow me
God has loved, loves, and will love me, this I believe

No more fear, no more sorrow or wasting away
My life shall be one bright, glowing day
No more darkness or anguish or pain deep inside
Jesus, my savior, has chosen me as his bride

Glory and honor, what wedded bliss
To be given a hope and a promise like this
Joy never-ending, sweet union divine
I am my beloved’s and he is mine

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© September 14, 1998
Lost for more than a decade and then miraculously found on February 17, 2013 🙂

Live a Life of Love

Live a life of love, dear children, dear children
Live a life of love every day
Just as Christ loved us
And gave himself up for us
A fragrant offering
And sacrifice to God

***Based on Ephesians 5:2

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© Date Unknown
Probably mid-late 1990s
Nashville, TN

It Doesn’t Matter

It doesn’t matter where you go
It doesn’t matter where you start
It only matters that you find your heart

It doesn’t matter what you take
It doesn’t matter what you give
It only matters that you learn to live

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Can you find the seven hearts in the pic?

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© 2000-2001
Atlanta, GA

In a Little While

In a little while He is coming
He will come and will not delay
Lift up your eyes
Lift up your hands
Teach your heart to say

In a little while He is coming
He will come and will not delay
My righteous one
Will not shrink back
He will live by faith
He will live by faith

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***Based on Hebrews 10:37-38

© mid-1990s
Nashville, TN